We visited New York in the month of May, and our daughter had just recently turned 1 year old. We conquered New York with a tot, and had a lot of fun along the way! Our daughter also learned to walk in Central Park which was memorable, but also made for a busy remainder of our time in NYC.
Travel: We arrived via 2 Delta flights. My daughter travelled as a lap baby, and even got her first pair of wings. I have plenty of tips for flying with a child that i have blogged about here!
Arrival: We chose Kids Car New York. https://www.kidcar.com/ This allowed us to setup our transfer from the airport to our hotel ahead of time and guaranteed a car seat. They have an app and are super efficient. They even had toys in the car for our daughter.
Hotel: We chose Hotel Beacon on the upper west side for our stay. We have stayed at numerous hotels in NYC pre kids, but this area seemed right for our family of 3, and ended up being great. It is close/walking distance to Central Park. The hotel rooms are bigger than standard rooms with a sitting room and kitchen. The hotel is also located across the street from a grocery store which was fantastic for stocking up on juice boxes, etc. http://www.beaconhotel.com/ There are also some great airbnb rentals we almost decided on which could be an alternate option. Levain bakery is near Hotel Beacon which was fabulous. Any big or tiny human will love their decadent cookies and sweets!
Logistics: Navigating New York city with a stroller in tow was a bit difficult especially in the subway which led us to ditch the stroller for the remainder of the trip, and I used my baby carrier. ( I use Lille, and it changed my life :)) This made navigation much easier when travelling by subway. We still used the stroller in Central park and near hotel.
Activities: As we visited in summer, activities could differ depending on the time of year.
Central Park: We spent a great bit of our 1 week stay in Central Park. Here were some of our favorite days. Biking central park and stopping along the way. We stopped for the central park carousel, boat house, playground & splashpad, and Summit Rock. Biking is a great way to see the park. We passed at least 6 playgrounds on our bike path, and just decided along the way where we would like to stop.
We got to go orders from Tavern on the Green to go window and picnicked in Sheeps Meadow. We also visited Central Park Zoo on a separate day, and also visited Alice’s Tea Cup near Central Park for afternoon tea. Alice’s Tea Cup is great for little ones as they have a wee tea, and they provide fairy wings 🙂
Also of note in Central Park is the Belvedere Castle & Marionette Theater at Swedish Cottage where you can watch real puppet shows.
As we have a daughter, we also made a trip to The American Girl Doll Store for a bitty baby. The store is massive, and could be an entire day expedition in reality. It is complete with a dining room and beauty salon for girls and their dolls. Also near by is the lego store which would make any child’s dreams come true!
We also visited the look out at the Top of the Rock with our daughter in her carrier.
Since, we had visited NYC previously, we skipped out on some of the “must do” tourist attractions this time around, but they could also be done with a tot in tow!
I hope these tips help others enjoy the Big Apple with bambinos in tow!